Biography

Jessica joined the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the Univesity of Oxford in 2017. She is currently pursuing a DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies, under the supervision of Dr. Fernanda Pirie. Her research explores how cannabis companies influence cannabis policies. Jessica has been more fascinated by the business decisions, investment deals and commercial relations that go to informally shift the law (e.g. morality, perceptions, stigmas). Her work has been less focused on investigating policymakers at the time of policymaking. 

She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork at cannabis companies in Colorado, Switzerland, Britain, cannabis conferences in Spain, America, Israel, Colombia, Panama, France, Jamaica and Austria, and she has conducted interviews with cannabis professionals, public health experts, politicians, lobbyists, consumers and lawyers. Some of her research has been funded by grants provided by St. Hilda's College and became a 2018 John Blundell Scholar.

Jessica is the Founder and Managing Director of international cannabis consultancy firm, The Global C. She also is co-founder of entOURage Network, a platform and network for women to engage, to be empowered and to explore opportunities in the legal cannabis market. Jessica has been invited to speak globally, as a resource for YPO's Summit 420 in California and at various events in the UK. She recently was an official delegate at the UN's 61st Session on the Commission of Narcotic Drugs and an observer at the WHOs 40th and 41st ECDD Session for the review of cannabis, CBD, THC and extracts and resin. Jessica is a contributing author for CannaTech, Benzinga and Garden Culture Magazine.

Prior to Oxford, Jessica graduated with a first class MA joint honors degree in International Relations and Social Anthropology from the University of St. Andrews in 2017. She was on the Deans List and awarded the Principal's Scholarship for Academic Excellence during her undergraduate degree. Her current thesis expands upon her undergraduate dissertation, "The Entrepreneurship of Cannabis," which was partially funded by the Holy Ladislav Travel Fund. The final chapter, "The Culture and Representation of the Legal Cannabis Industry," was recognized by The Undergraduate Awards as a Highly Commended Essay in 2017.

In 2015, Jessica studied abroad at Renmin University in Beijing. Beyond her academics, Jessica founded the 501(c)3 Giveable Giggles when she was 13 years old. She was named as one of Impact Squared's #100FacesofImpact based on her charity's work.

 

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